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Feb 14, 2011 1:00am EST
to implement many of the same tactics, which they use in afghanistan and we thought was youth in iraq implementing in an embrace suicide bombings, ieds, things were associating with iraq coming to afghanistan. these days iraq is a forgotten country. and the media, nobody cares about it. it's hard to be get people interested. afghanistan is a little more than this because there's more americans they are. but americans are dying from the country tends to be a little more interested. we can't understand what's happening in afghanistan without understanding what happened in iraq and what they think happened in iraq. so i'd like to start with a discussion about iraq and the implications for afghanistan. the narrative, which is impossible to challenge that iraq was going forward play because of poor planning and in 2006 you had this shine i mean come out right in iraq shia shrine north of baghdad can all hope for clues in the civil war started in iraq was falling apart until the physically fit phd general called david petraeus arrived in safety dave, the new american hero and now he will sa
Feb 4, 2011 6:00am EST
. >> the iraq u.s. forces commander and u.s. ambassador to iraq with the assessment on the transition to civilian control and senate armed services committee hearing thursday. he appeared before the committee to answer questions about a 2008 agreement between the u.s. and iraq that calls for all u.s. troops to withdraw from the region by the end of the year. is hearing is two hours and 20 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to our witnesses, u.s. ambassador to iraq james jeffrey. general lloyd austin, commander of u.s. forces iraq. before we begin by want to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the armed services committee. senator jean shifting, senator richard blumenthal on the majority side, senator robb portman, senator kelly on the minority side. we also welcome back senator john korenisn't who is rejoining the committee after a brief hiatus. this committee has a tradition of bipartisanship. it is a long tradition. it is based on our common desire to provide our men and women in uniform and their families the support that they need and the support that they des
Feb 5, 2011 10:00am EST
diplomats and other mission employees may not be safe in iraq if the u.s. military leaves by the deadline. this is 2:20. >> i would like to extend a warm welcome to all in attendance. we also welcome back senator john cornin who is rejoining the committee after a brief hiatus. this committee, as you will soon learn, has a tradition of bip. -- bipartisanship. it is based on a desire to provide our men and women in uniform and their families the support they need and the support they deserve. that goal makes the work of this committee truly rewarding. senator reed, senator tester, and i recently returned from visiting iraq. one of my main impressions was that the team of boofer jeffrey and general austin is providing the strong leadership needed to manage the critical transition over the coming year leading up to the 2011 deadline of withdrawal of all u.s. military forces from iraq. a deadline set by president bush and prime minister mawaliki in the agreement they entered into of 2002. i believe you two gentlemen are the right team to lead that transition. on behalf of everybody, let me tha
Feb 2, 2011 2:00am EST
.s. transitions in iraq this is about two hours >. >> we were waiting for senator lugar. he isn't transit. we will get started. when he gets here, legal case here. it is good timing. let me welcome everybody to the first hearing of the new session of congress >. to this opportunity to welcome, though we haven't yet adopted the rules or officially sworn people in with respect to committee proceedings, we are welcoming a number of new members to the committee. i'm delighted onhe republican side to welcome senator rubio of florida. happy to have you on board. and look forward to working with you and your contributions to the committee. and also senator leavy from utah. and on the democrats' side, slighted to have senator udall, tom udall, from new mexico, and happy to have somebody on the committee who is thirsty for the work that we do. and we're happy to have you here. likewise, senator kuhns will continue on the committee. delighted to have you back. look how fast you've risen in seniority. absolutely extraordinary. i remember sitting down there for years. and also, really, happy to have sena
Feb 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
, the commander of u.s. forces in iraq and the u.s. ambassador to that country recently held an upbeat assessment of the transition from a military mission to a civilian-led effort. he testified at a senate armed services committee hearing last thursday. this is about two hours, 20 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. welcome, first, to our witnesses. u.s. ambassador to iraq, james jeffries. general lloyd austin, commanding u.s. forces in iraq. before we begin, want to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the armed services committee. we also welcome back senator john corn and -- cornyn, who is rejoining the committee after a brief hiatus. this committee, as you will still learn, has a tradition of free -- a tradition of bipartisanship. it is a long tradition. based on our common desire to provide our men and women in uniform and their families the support that they need and the support that they deserve. that goal makes the work of this committee truly rewarding. we recently returned from visiting iraq. one of my main impressions is that the teams are providing strong leadership needed
Feb 1, 2011 8:00pm EST
say you have personal rights through the constitution, but if you're serving in iraq, you cannot exercise those personal rights. in the state of texas, 22% of children have no health insurance. in my state, 3% of children do not have health insurance. i cannot tell texas how to run their state, but i do believe that as an american, i have a responsibility to the children of texas, not just the people of texas. that is why lyndon johnson put and medicaid, so that all kids would have some form of insurance. i do not think all democrats want big government and all republicans want no government. the battle comes in how are we all americans in this together. how much is too much. we have all seen societies where the tax rate gets too high and innovation is stifled. we have also seen societies where the government is corrupt. but we also know that the bigger the gap between the wealthy and the poor, a less stable country is likely to be. this is a legitimate debate. i have enjoyed the conversation. but it needs to be a debate because it is a difference of opinion. i think it comes dow
Feb 6, 2011 11:00am EST
of the bush policy. you write the global world on terror propelled into this disaster can, in iraq which had nothing to do with 9/11 but was launched under the river to the war on terror. yet at the same time he also writes there's little doubt some of the measures the bush administration and congress took after 9/11 made america safer. use it for example, the patriot act, the setting up of the national terrorism center, no-fly list, u.s. cooperation with foreign agencies. so where'd you come down bottom line on the bush administration? did they do more harm than good or more good than harm? didn't make america and the world safer in the end? >> guest: historians will be debating that. clearly i think overall the bush administration did a lot of things that make sense, but they also did some things that i think didn't make sense. the invasion in iraq being essentially the biggest exhibit. >> host: we will talk about that in a minute. >> guest: i think interrogations, using torture. if you have any federal prosecutor or fbi agent whose life and read, bread-and-butter is effective non-coercive
Feb 24, 2011 9:00pm PST
home? >> they still had iraq inside of them. >> you just feel like everybody's against you, and if you don't know them, they're your enemy. >> are we going to have more murders, more suicides, more crime? the answer to that is probably yes. >> frontline investigates the invisible wounds of war. >> we give up part of our morality to go to war. it allows us to surve, it allows us to kill. >> tonight, "the wounded platoon." >> i didn't even want to come home. you just felt naked and totally vulnerable, unless you were armed. like, i mean, we all carried guns. there would be a huge group of us, and everyone in the group would have a gun. >> narrator: in november 2007, four soldiers back from iraq went out drinking. >> i was a real bad alcoholic. i spent all my savings my first month back just drinking. >> narrator: they had all served together in baghdad during the surge. >> i was having, like, a total mental breakdown. i lost control. >> narrator: by the next morning, one of them was dead. kevin shields had been shot three times at point blank range and left by the side of the
Feb 20, 2011 12:00am EST
in iron. it's a narrator that worked as a special forces in iraq, and north of iraq with persecuted christians. i've also done many times for news max to jordan and lebanon to speak with iraqi-christian refugees. i felt as a journalist, the message wasn't getting out. i wanted to right a human side of the tour -- the story to understand what's happening. the christian who happen to be the indigenous people and they are being forced out by jihadi muslims. >> where there people that you met that inspired some of the characters? >> yes, this is a historical novel. only, all of the characters are fictional. i met a lot of interpreters, people that work for u.s. forces in iraq, that is my narrator. again, i wanted to tell also the story of how the christians have lived in iraq for generations. so there's a family saga in this, there's a love story, a young syrian woman that comes to iraq to find her roots and st. peter's bones themselves and the relic where they might be such as in a monastery in north iraq. >> have you done any nonfiction based on your journalism there? >> i'm the autho
Feb 4, 2011 5:00pm EST
up from the passing of 1441 the we would be able to make a judgment about whether iraq was complying with its term which was the test on the iraq, we got 1441 of the eighth of november the decision to take military action was made on the 18th. beginning after four and a half months. and it is very significant. and if you look at the last meeting of the security council to took place on the seventh of march but nobody, not a single delegate suggested that iraq was complying. the argument was in the context they were not completed they were required to comply. the was the difficulty. the other problem here is that what sir jeremy greene stock described as the straw paradox which is this, but -- secure initially called the straw paradox. >> [inaudible] [laughter] speed anyway, it is a pretty straightforward point and latest had to it, which is that we wanted to resolve it peacefully. the only way we could resolve the matter peacefully was through compliance. the leeway to get compliance was through the threat of military action, i mean the real threat. and indeed that paradox was actual
Feb 2, 2011 11:00pm EST
, if a very private, discussion which was taking place at the time about we did about iraq, it just as important, what advice we gave the americans and i had been having some parallel discussions with colin powell about this as well as i recall. .. but with respect, in his private office, a secondary state they would've read these papers. i would have scribbled on them late at night. these are very perceptive and that would have been transferred from an official note from a private secretary. that does not mean i endorse the policy within those papers. >> i was curious to get back to the second paper pricing regime change can't be an object is. of the prime minister. >> i was not only my view, but it couldn't be. >> you said that he would out in your own device. so your voice has gone to the prime minister, saying can't be regime change. and many see it paperthin yesterday exploring it. >> without seeing the documents and i'm perfectly happy since you a supplementary note, we were going to have a textual of what they put on them. if you've ever seen how you've heard evidence from me
Feb 8, 2011 2:00am EST
to instability will remain in 2012. groups like al qaeda will continue to target the government of iraq, iraqi security forces, and iraqi civilians to garner media attention and to demonstrate that the shia extremist groups like was will continue to target u.s. personnel, and in our absence, the iraqi government and its institutions. while the iraqi security forces have a good capability to confront sunni and shia it extremist groups and provide for security, they will have gaps in their capabilities in 2012. iraq will not be able to defend its air sovereignty for some time. they will also require continued development on capabilities such as logistics and sustainment and intelligence as well as more complex training. the iraqi security forces will continue to develop the capabilities, which will require them to continue receiving modern equipment, conduct training on that equipment, and then conduct unit level training. u.s. forces and iraqi security forces have recently begun a collector training initiative, which requires entire battalions to go through an intensive training cycle. program
Feb 1, 2011 7:00pm PST
, but to support borrowers in becoming financially. >> let's take a look at the latest market figures. >>> as iraq rebuilds from the war, one elementary school teacher had the opportunity to visit japan when nhk world held their 75th anniversary of international radio broadcast. during his time here, he was able to meet students at an elementary school and talk about his country. later, he was able to return to iraq with encouraging messages from children in japan. nhk world reports. >> reporter: he studied by showing the children pictures of iraq. the children were fascinated by what an iraq school looks like. the desks are old. power sometimes goes out due to outages. >> translator: because of the war, the government didn't place a high priority on education. >> reporter: sareem has been teaching in a school damaged by the war. it's also short on text books. he wanted to share with his students what he discovered about japanese education. he was most impressed that students clean school every day. it's a japanese practice. >> translator: japanese schools don't just teach children to read and wri
Feb 6, 2011 9:00am EST
it in the senate fails. >> we would repeal it right now. >> the rumsfeld memoir. on the iraq war, no regrets. the wicked winter of 2011. is anybody talking climate change? >> i have not seen it this bad since the 1960's. captioned by the national captioning institute >> it started peacefully with tens of thousands of egyptians taking to the streets of cairo and elsewhere in egypt calling for regime change. mubarak and his repressive regime, they said, must go. for a few days, demonstrations were made mostly peaceful, and then -- who were these people? witnesses like "the new york times'" nicholas kristof in cairo said they were pro- government thugs. >after talking with president mubarak this week, president obama said this. >> an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now. furthermore, the process must include a broad spectrum of egyptian and voices and opposition parties. it should lead to elections that are free and fair. >> free and fair elections -- what are the odds of that, charles? >> i think a rather good, as long as the army
Feb 26, 2011 2:00pm EST
immediately sent to korea, not iraq. if they were expected to stay for a couple years guarding the north korean border. this was back in 2003 or early 2004 and all of a sudden the pentagon realize the iraq war was not going very well and they might need some extra troops so they were suddenly call from korea and sent to the worst part of iraq at the time. they were in the sunni triangle, right between ramadi and fallujah. i am going to tell you -- i have a few of vocabulary words. i had to learn a whole language when i was talking to these guys. one of them the active duty folks know, i refer to something called a saw. is not what you could down trees with. it is squad automatic weapon, in medium-sized machine gun that soldiers carry. i will also refer to something called loop, michigan. this is the four lane highway just like an interstate that connected ramadi and baghdad. they would do highway patrol. highway patrol was so full of firefights and burnout cars on the side of the road that they nicknamed it my last vocabulary word, operation bad bags. they named all their operations afte
Feb 6, 2011 4:30pm PST
again and secretary rmed's -- rumsfeld's return. can he sell a book saying the iraq war was right and the mistakes weren't his? can he take one more right on de-nile? i'm chris matthews w us bob woodward, bbc's katty kay, ann kornblut and "time" magazine's joe klein. first up, if egypt turns from strong moderate ally to a difficult, hostile islamic state, that might remind many of us how iran turnford ally to threat. back in 1997 when the shaw fell, president carter displayed washington's confidence in that western ally. >> iran because othe great leadership of the shaw is an island of stability and one of the more troubled areas of the world. chris: as to egypt, the island of stability language, was echoed just three months ago by secretary of state hillary clinton. >> the partnership between the united states and egypt is a corner stone of stability and security in the middle east and beyond. chris: to the great investigative reporter of our time, bob woodward, tchow we not know what was going on in egypt before this happened to us a week or so ago? >> well, we're not sure how m
Feb 4, 2011 8:30pm EST
. iraq is the counter example, except you have to have the american military pay a high price to impose the markets, which actually exists in iraq. it is one example, lebanon is another. egypt succeeds, you could have a wave of democracy across the middle east. >> we have been assuring the action of their bark with $1.5 billion annually -- a fraction of mubarak with $1.5 billion annually. only 17% of the egyptians had a terrible in view of the united states. if mubarak goes, you have to keep those -- only 70% of the egyptians had a favorable view of the united state -- 17% of the egyptians have a favorable view of the united states. if mubarak goes, you have to keep those numbers in mind. >> it is not like the streets of warsaw and prague where there were quoting lincoln and jefferson and, yes, ronald reagan. >> there is of you and fomented by the egyptian government that is anti-semitic, xenophobic, and it is playing out -- >> and any time anybody push to mark to be more democratic, he would say, oh, the tourists will take over if i am not here -- terrorists will take over if i'm not h
Feb 4, 2011 9:00am EST
presence in iraq as well. now, i think the -- let's get it on the table. mr. ambassador, you said they haven't asked for any continuing presence at the present time. and this is a tough question because you don't have a crystal ball. do you expect that they will ask for maybe some continuing military presence after the expiration date? >> it's a possibility, do you expect it? >> again, my crystal ball doesn't reach that far, senator. i expect them to want to talk more with us about their security needs, how these security needs can be met. this is a country with security forces right thousand of some 650,000. they have, basically, beaten an insurgency, and they're doing well against a continued but still relatively small compared to the past terrorist threat. .. >> we are already preparing to provide that help. police training, fm less funding and all that sort of thing. the multitude of security and military assistance of various forms that are required particularly to turn them into a foundational conventional defense force which they need legal will require a good deal of help.
Feb 9, 2011 3:00am EST
in the iraq war. colonel lawrence wilkerson who was in the bush state department in the lead up to the war joins me to truth squad, what rumsfeld really should have known. >>> and should groupon have known better in running that at this bet super bowl ad, or should all critics of the commercial just take another look at it. the controversy in tonight . >>> we counted 43 times that bill o'reilly interrupted president obama during his interview sunday, and counted zero times that he could actually finish a complete answer. and that was before we saw the taped part two. coming up, we'll see if the president finally got to finish a complete thought. but that's not all that was odd about the o'reilly interview. >> during his interview with president obama last night, bill o'reilly asked him to explain how he deals with so many people hating him. in response, obama was like you first. >> it's weird to see those two together. i think bill o'reilly might think he's the president, not the other way around. >> i don't think bill o'reilly really likes the president. that's the impression i got. just
Feb 3, 2011 2:00am EST
went up? we're in the middle of a recession. we fought two wars in afghanistan and iraq, forgot to pay for those wars. gave hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy, bailed out wall street, medicare part-d prescription drug program written by the insurance companies, all unfunded. those are the reasons why you have a deficit. social security has nothing to do with it. so i would suggest that in the midst of all of this financial instability that's out there, with the middle class shrinking and poverty increasing and people really worried about their retirement years, one of the most significant things that we as a congress can do is stand up and say we are there. we're going to protect social security. we ain't going to cut it and we're going to make it stronger so while it has done a great job for the last 75 years, it will continue to do a good job for the next 75 years. with that, mr. president, i would yield the floor. mr. vitter: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. i rise in strong support. m
Feb 7, 2011 11:00pm EST
the -- unbeknownst to me, the president received the information they did before. he decided iraq was responsible for the assassination attempt and the united states would retaliate by bombing day agency in baghdad on saturday. this was friday. i did not know it. until the following day. then i realized i have now given them that guidance. oh, my gosh. i realized in hindsight what i should have said was when the president receives information from the fbi he will make a decision. and until then, i have nothing more to say. but i did not. i think it is an example of how you have to think five moves ahead of all the time because it is not only about what is happening today, but the future. i learned to do that much better. painful experience, and i think, probably, everybody. >> some things people don't realize is in many ways the press secretary acts like a reporter as well. i don't know the answers to everything. i get a question. i am, like, "i do not know." i will call somebody at the national security council that i trust. i might also ask the chief of staff to make sure i got the same answer.
Feb 28, 2011 2:30pm PST
elusive. >> day with us, if you can. much more to come. iraq as a new government is rebuilding some of that saddam hussein's most infamous monument. a british airways computer expert has been found guilty of plotting to blow up a plane. rajib karim, pled not guilty. >> he was encouraged by this extremist cleric to see his job with the airline has a golden opportunity to attack the west. to his colleagues at the va office in new castle, he was a quiet, and respectful man. but he lived a double life. a talented computer engineer, on his home pc used sophisticated encryption and deciphering code to communicate with extremists around the world. he contacted with this man, and more al-awlaki -- and more al- awlaki. he is probably the most wanted terrorist leader in the world, after osama bin laden. an american citizen, he speaks directly to angry young muslims in the west. al-awlaki told him to use his job as a front in a holy war, saying, "i pray that allah may grant us a break through through you." he was turned down for a job due to lack of experience. he then offered to plant a bomb
Feb 13, 2011 10:00pm EST
" an army vet injured in iraq. the unique work he's doing that's given him a new lease on life. -------------------------------- -------------- -------------------------------- -------------- and lady gaga...inside an egg at the grammy's. the story behind this unique red-carpet entrance. good eveningg i'm jennifer gilbert. baltimore police make a quick arrest after a downtown shooting... and they say the motive...may have been road rag. rage. melinda roeder is live from police headquarters to explain how the police commissioner intends to make an example out of this case. mellnda. a traffic tiff... that turned violent.investigators believee two men got into an argument while driving in their vehicles. moments later, they ended up at the same night club... where they were drinking... and then began arguing over a girl. the situation escalated later.. outside the nightclub. and pplice say as the men were leaving ... one of them began firing shots from his car... along east saratoga street. two other men was hit once... in the elbow.members of the city swat team.,..
Feb 12, 2011 8:00pm EST
is on mr. rumsfeld's entire life, but i thought we would begin by talking about iraq and then work backwards to be a great deal of the book is about iraq. and i guess maybe the way to get into this is here we are in the constitution center. we just passed by the statute of james madison and the others. as you know, madison gave a lot of thought to the war and what presidents should do and how often americans should get into war. if he came back and ask you to tell him why do we go to war and iraq would you say? >> the answer would be that the converse and the united states passed a resolution overwhelmingly favor the regime change in iraq in the 1990's by an overwhelming vote, and it was signed by president clinton. the united nations issued some 17 different resolutions advising iraq but to say should conform to the resolutions, the request for the united nations security council to allow the inspectors into their country to provide the inspectors the information on their weapons of mass destruction and the united nations had been repeatedly rebuffed. president george w. bush made
Feb 7, 2011 2:00am EST
change? arguing for building up a strategy, working toward regime change in iraq? >> i didn't see it as the british prime minister arguing for regime change. >> so why do you write a note about it? >> well, he gave you evidence. you have to ask him that question. >> well, that's what i've tried to do is to describe the context as i saw it in which he was talking to president bush. and as i said, if that being said a means by which saddam hussein could have been replaced by a democratic government without military action, so much the better. and if you see now what is happening elsewhere in the middle east, one of the things that all of us are looking at is ways in which a popular uprising could be encouraged. why not? and the difficulty there was that many of the people in iraq felt that they'd been encouraged in a popular uprising before and they'd been left high and dry. and many of them had been murdered in consequence. but i say, all of us shared the view that it would have been great to see the back of saddam hussein and his vicious, unpleasant regime. what was related to tha
Feb 7, 2011 12:30am EST
, iraq is no longer moderate. turkey is not either. but a non -- lebanon is half or more radical. egypt has a? -- has a question mark. what are the reasons for this strategic shift, for this change that time is not working in israel's favor? the transition to the missile era, which made israel more under missile cover. there's the campaign did delegitimize is rope by imposing legal constraints and political constraints for radicalization process. the weakness of the u.s. is in the region because of the bourse. and the lack of a victory of and afghanistan, the economic crisis, and some call at the post-american era. we have internal conflicts among jews and that does not know. we have internal conflicts and fights over a crisis of governance in israel. that has implications for israel solidarity. israel is also divided between the settlers and those who want to resolve the conflict. most importantly, the arab countries as a collective have never had the ability to defeat israel. we're approaching a time where they think that they can. one of the reasons for this is what i would call the
Feb 7, 2011 11:35pm PST
. every war has its own signature images and when it comes to iraq and afghanistan, the sight and sound of donald rumsfeld at the pentagon podium is woven into american history. his defiant management of those wars made the former secretary of defense one of the most polarizing political figures of the post-9/11 age but in this his first television interview since 2006 you will see donald rumsfeld as never before. he reveals a tender side and valuable insight into the decisions that have so many young americans still in harm's way tonight. here with the world exclusive is diane sawyer. >> i've answered that question 15 times. >> reporter: formidable, combative. >> if they said what you said you said -- >> reporter: the title of his memoir "known and unknown" is based on one of his famous lectures to a confounded press. >> as we know, there are known knowns. there are things we know we know. we also know there are known unknowns, that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know, but there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know. >> donald h. rumsfeld.
Feb 13, 2011 11:00am EST
of imagination. >> maybe a couple of questions from the audience. one is about iraq and did not appear to think about the comparisons? >> there are certainly similarities and there are certainly notable differences between the two. the vietnamese were not likely to come and attack the united states of america. the terrorist threat, the dangers in iraq and on the terrorist list, the terrorist threat was a very real one to our country. and al qaeda have demonstrated that it would come and attack america. now, there was no direct link between al qaeda and iraq. there certainly was between afghanistan and iraq. and iraq was on the terrorist list. and iraq have a pattern of having developed weapons of mass destruction. and so there was, there were these things that affected it. but i would say that i think the differences were greater than the similarities, but they're certainly worth similarities. >> how about, you and i both know a lot of people worked for lyndon johnson. one thing the office is a tough thing for them is when someone comes in and says i lost my son in vietnam, why did he die? what
Feb 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
in his new book that president bush came to him two weeks after 9/11 and talked about war with iraq. here's what he forgets that whiling the pentagon was still smoldering that day it was rumsfeld himself who was targeted saddam hussein despite the fact that iraq didn't attack us. tonight we play rummy. while republicans wanted to run, president obama seems to be launching his re-election campaign, today he hit two points republicans love to question, his christianity and winning the future. guess who suddenly is looking stronger for 2012. let me finish with glenn beck's cracker barrel crack up. let me start with the situation in egypt. joining me on the phone in cairo is nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. richard, what do we make of this call for trials of president mubarak and people like vice president omar suleiman? >> reporter: the call for trials for the people he believes is instigating. >> no, actually we got a report tonight that one of the strategists described as such with news eliminate brotherhood who is over in italy is saying that that's one of the goals of
Feb 22, 2011 12:30am EST
you for having me. >> richard lowry discusses the battles in fallujah, iraq. the event held at the joint forces staff college in norfolk, virginia is an hour. >> good afternoon, again, ladies and gentlemen. it's a true honor to be here today to speak to you about the battle of fallujah, and i think we've gotten started on the presentation. i sat after general and i talked about coming down and speaking to you all, i sat for many a day trying to figure out what it was i was going to talk about, and i went and prepared a standard powerpoint presentation with bullets and all the boring stuff, and i decided instead to make a presentation that is completely photographs, and what's going to be -- we're going to be flipping through in the next few minutes while a talk are the photographs of action out of fallujah that i believe tell the story much, much better than i can do with any words. the battle of fallujah was probably the turning point for the beginning of the end for al-qaeda in iraq. up until operation phantom fury, the american military had become involved in an operation
Feb 27, 2011 10:00pm EST
of these threats called in from iran and its coreligionists in iraq and lebanon, the vicious martial, anti-christian, anti-jewish and anti-western branch of islamic theology exported under saudi arabia official imprimatur for the forces of osama bin laden, al qaeda and other sunni islamists lead essay. i also argue that the united states government under both parties is fighting an islamist enemy that does not exist and therefore policies ran counter towards american tradition and so too is best interests. official washington's islamic enemy is that the hollywood fires. if a shia or sunni, the islamists are in limited panda fanatic nihilists, ready to kill widely and indiscriminately for the pure joy of murdering and sacrificed their lives because my doctors go to university, iowans hold early presidential primaries every four years and because i come and make us forgive me have one or more stand on after work. without such an enemy exists? where you'd be at most a nuisance and not a national security threat posed today to lesser or greater degree by iran, the south east of islamic imperia
Feb 4, 2011 12:00pm EST
-span. >> next former british foreign secretary jack straw testifies before the british iraq war inc. angry for the third time. during the four-hour hearing, mr. straw covered several details on the lead up to the war including his reservations about president wishes axis of evil state of the union speech in 2002. and conversations with within prime minister tony blair on the legality of invading iraq. >> good morning everyone.go i am sorry we have started a few minutes late this morning. a this is because of a technical and we are now ready to start hearing.o the hearing this morning from the right honorable jackg. stra mp who served as foreign secretary from june 2001 until may, 2006.y, we heard evidence from mr. straw into half-day sessions in january and february last year and he also sent the inquiry written statement in advance of each of those hearings. in preparations for thisfor morning's hearings we askedw mr. straw to produce a further statement in response to a number of reticular questions from the inquiry and we are grateful p for is now being published on our web site
Feb 20, 2011 12:30pm PST
under 12 months, no end in sight. joseph stieglitz says iraq and a tennis fan will cost anywhere from 4-$6 trillion. >> iraq -- and of december, done. afghanistan has to be fought successfully or not -- on the basis if you want afghans -- afghanistan to become an al qaeda state. what is it, a billion dollars a month? even at $8 billion week,t is trivial compared to the magnitude of the problem -- a billion a week. entitlements are half the budget. in 10 years, they will be 80% of the budget. the real news is this week republicans, house republicans, the rubicon. they announced this week after did lange that they are going to propose cuts in entitlements unilaterally in april and the budget. this is not going to be only about that 12% of discretionary. and the test will be, will obama demagogued? >> i think not. >> the fever of egypt is spreading throughout the middle east. >> the united states strongly opposes the use of violence and strongly supports reform. that move toward democratic institution building and economic openness. i called my counterpart in bylined this morning and direc
Feb 26, 2011 8:00pm EST
expediency in iraq known as the surge is unraveling. as u.s. casualties resume, sectarian violence grows and more elections come and go. they've lost beyond recall and president obama has marooned our military forces making them dependent on the resupply routes the traverse of style russian and pakistani territory. pakistan is in genuine danger of going the way of afghanistan with unfortunate consequences for the nuclear proliferation. and the mujahideen believe through from iraq is already visible in jordan, syria, turkey, lebanon, and gaza. the insurgencies have been rekindled but the mujahideen and the insurgents spreading into west africa. similar insurgency's of ferrying and building facility are under way in yemen, southern thailand and the north caucasus. the cities of hindu have been attacked by islamist leaders and the movement in western europe is growing. and in britain and the traditionally security services to the point of public despair. as for the united states, bin laden long ago delineated al qaeda's worrying for defeating in three cups ice freezes. first, to to get the
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